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Are Sports Cars Reliable?

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Are sports cars reliable? Everyone wants one. Everyone dreams of having one. But not everyone can have one. And then there’s the argument that not everyone should get one. Even if they have the money to do so. So, should you get one or pass up on your dreams?

Mazda Miata

Sports cars are more reliable nowadays than their past versions. These sports cars are no longer the prissy prima donnas of the past era. Sports cars today are as reliable as any other car in production. There are better components installed, better electronics, and better mechanical parts.

They’ve become more affordable too. Now, the average Joe can buy one for himself without breaking the bank. And we’re not just talking about faux sports cars that ricers used to strut around in. We’re talking high-end, European and American muscle cars that can run in Le Mans as soon as you get it.

But, for all their glitz and glamour, sports cars, like any other car, eventually fail. And when they do, they fail in spectacular fashion. Anyone who’s had the privilege of owning a sports car, even a second hand one, knows how expensive preventive maintenance and parts replacements can get.

This is where the restrictive nature of owning a sports car begins. This is where complaints begin to rise. And this is when the question of reliability is brought to fore.

Should you listen? Or does this warrant a more in-depth look into the nature of sports cars, so you can make a more educated decision? After all, sports cars aren’t cheap and money doesn’t grow on trees.

Read more to find out.

Three Myths To Debunk Before Buying Your Dream Sports Car

Many people are torn between buying a sports car and buying something else more practical. Most people save up all their lives to finally have enough money to buy one. And when that day comes, some people struggle hard with taking the checkbook out to write the amount needed to purchase one.

Some people have the money on hand but still can’t justify the price tag attached to their dreams.

Never mind those who have money just lying around to buy two or more at a time. They usually just go ahead and get it without batting an eye.

And then there are those who are swayed by certain myths surrounding these powerful machines, affecting their mindset about purchasing one. Some people believe these myths are the absolute truths. Let’s go through each one:

Speed Kills

Sports cars are just too fast. Sure, there is a definite speed advantage sports cars have over regular cars. But then again, with the right conditions, regular cars can be as fast as sports cars. Or at least as fast as you need it to be when you’re in a hurry.

Sports Car Smoking Doughnuts

But are they safe? There is an alarming number of news that more people get killed in sports car accidents than regular cars. This is myth number one. 

This is why production cars far outsell sports cars in the market today. That means for every thousand or so regular cars on the road, there’s one sports car.

The probability of sports cars killing more people is equal to or less than what is stated in the news. This is relative to the ratio of regular cars to sports cars in use today.

Plus, another thing that makes sports cars reliable is the number of safety features included within the vehicle itself. Three, four, five, and six point harnesses are standard on high end sports cars. ABS and airbags are also installed for added safety.

What’s most important is how you drive your sports car. If you’re a reckless driver, a sports car isn’t for you. If you’re inexperienced, there are driving schools that can teach you how to drive a sports car properly. Proper education and discipline will ensure safer roads.

So, with proper care and handling and a large dose of responsible driving, sports cars can be as safe as a regular car. Just faster. A lot faster.

Sports Cars Prioritize Looks Over Safety

All sports cars have a low stance, a wide body, and chopped top.

In general, that’s what sports cars look like. But, this is what makes sports cars reliable on the race track.

A low ground clearance and a wide body keeps the forces of inertia at bay while making hard turns around the track. But a chopped top isn’t that necessary. In fact, many production sports today have a more conventional appearance.

Chopped tops give the appearance of speed even while the vehicle is sitting still. No doubt about it, sports car buyers immediately fall in love with this look.

It is only after having the sports car in their possession that the inconvenience of having to duck and get in the car but first that owners start to complain. It’s simply impractical to get in and out in this manner.

With chopped tops, come narrower windows, making them a possible road hazard due to vision impedance. Impractical side mirrors, rear view mirrors and rear glass are high on the complaints list. And this applied across the board to all sports cars manufactured today.

This isn’t so. This is a projection of the image of a pro-race sports car onto a roadworthy sports car.  

Production sports cars have to adhere to safety standards set for road use.

One thing we can agree on is that: sports cars do look different from a conventional car but they don’t all look the same. And although it may seem impractical, getting behind the wheel of a sports car will reveal just how much vantage point you have from all sides.

Looks may be top priority, but safety isn’t far off from the designers’ minds.

Too Loud = Too Proud

All sports cars are loud.

Shut up! Really?

Well, someone at Tesla didn’t get the memo. Count Mercedes, Jaguar and Porsche in. And it seems like Subaru, GMC and all the others are following suit.

Tesla Logo

We are now at an age where sports cars can make an approach without announcing their arrival with a sonic boom as a herald. The loudest you’d probably hear is a low, thrumming hum before a blur passes you by.

Sure, everyone loves a good roaring sound every now and then, but that’s reserved for the race track. And those cars are equipped with modified engines, large blowers, and oversized carbs. Those are performance machines designed specifically for the race track. They should be loud.

Subtlety on the track isn’t appreciated by the drivers or the watching crowd. Who’d want to go see a quiet race, right? The roar from those engines are a necessary aspect for the sport.

But, production sports cars are designed to meet the noise pollution standards set by the state they’re in. Some sports cars are even rated quieter than regular cars. The next time someone says, sports cars are unnecessarily loud, you can silence them with these facts.

Debunking Myths Like A Boss

Everyone has their own opinion about sports cars. Some are true. Some aren’t. These are the three top misconceptions out there that everyone believes to be true.

By doing your own research, you’ll have a more informed approach to making a decision about whether to get one or not.

10 Most Reliable Luxury Sports Cars

Can reliability and luxury really co-exist? Apparently so. Car manufacturers today understand that one of the biggest considerations people think about when getting a sports car is reliability. The same goes with people who have the money to burn. They want their bang for the buck.

One thing that truly defines luxury is an uncompromised peace of mind. You don’t want to be hassled at all when driving a luxury sports car.

So here’s a list of the most reliable luxury sports cars today.

Acura NSX

Ahhhh, the Acura NSX. The sports car for young millionaires who want bad ass reputations.

This car is all race outside, and all comfort inside. You don’t need to change a thing when you get one.

Acura NSX

This car comes with a six-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty. At $157,000 it’s still knowing that it comes with the right amount of power, classy styling and a comfortably smooth ride.

They might as put to H’s in their name to further amplify their dedication to providing comfort and luxury at a fair price.

Audi TT

There’s a good reason why the Audi TT outsold all the other cars in its class when it first came out.

One, it’s produced by Audi, one of the most trusted names in the auto industry. Two, it is a practical sports car that you can use  as a daily driver and a weekend racer. Three, it has a luxurious cabin and enough trunk space for regular, day to day activities.

It also has safety sensors outside the vehicle to avoid minor mishaps. And has a four-year/50,000 mile warranty. Audi put a lot of stock into this car’s reliability.

Oh and having a sleeper sports car that can do 0-60 in 3.6 seconds isn’t that bad, is it?

Alfa Romeo 4C

There’s a reason why the Alfa Romeo 4C was heavily featured in all those spy movies. To the casual onlooker, this is just a sports car. To die hard car enthusiasts, this is THE sports car.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Although it states that the Alfa Romeo 4C has great fuel economy, there’s more to it than meets the eye. This car was made for the track.

Although the Alfa Romeo C is classified as a luxury car, it is one of the least luxurious cars in the list. What makes it a part of this list is how reliable it is for use on the road. 

The Alfa Romeo 4C has a powerful engine ensconced under the hood. The suspension, stable enough for all road conditions.

Within the cabin are creature comforts you’d expect for a car like this. With three other friends, you can have a comfortable joy ride at high speeds. Going from point A to point B can be done in a very short time.

All that and more.

Shoe phone, stun watch, missiles and tuxedo sold separately.

BMW Series 8

There’s a reason why BMW is always regarded as the go to car manufacturer for reliable sports cars. They just can’t seem to go wrong. 

Take for example the M6 and the Z3. Those cars were perfect when they came out. and now we have the Z4 and the BMW M8 to keep up with the times.

The BMW Series 8 is one of the most reliable sports cars out there. How reliable? Think zero recalls ever since it came out. It is fast, comfortable, practical and highly reliable.

We should end the list here.

BMW Z4

The BMW Z4 has turbocharged engines. This means the car can go fast. Really fast. Surprisingly, it is also one of the most fuel efficient sports cars in the market today. The base engine sips fuel until you punch the turbochargers in.

BMW Z4

The main selling point for this car is how it looks. It took what made the Z3 a success and incorporated it into modern lines giving the car a look that says “I’ll go about my own business until you say it’s time to race.”

Safety features are a standard for the Z4 to increase the driver’s confidence behind the wheel. The suspension is rigid enough for tight turns without being overly bumpy. There is enough space for four average sized adults inside the cabin.

But it is the Z4’s fuel efficiency that makes this car very reliable. You won’t have to keep checking your fuel gauge every time you take it out for a spin. A short spin at a normal pace, mind you.

Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevy Corvette, despite its macho exterior, is extremely soft and luxurious inside. It has all the trimmings of a luxury car to make one fully appreciate having a car of this caliber.

There’s no shortage of power and performance for this sports car. On the track, it can easily outrace the competition. Suspension and handling is superb on this vehicle.

Its ability to quickly adapt to various situations has given rise to the notion of sports cars reliable enough for both track and road.

Lexus LC

Next to the Mercedes Benz GT, the Lexus LC is the one with the most elegance. It comes with a six year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.

From all angles, the Lexus LC looks perfect. Within the luxurious cabin are all the trimmings of European elegance.

Mercedes-Benz GT

A list of luxury sports cars wouldn’t be complete without a Mercedes thrown into the mix. This is perhaps the most elegant sports car in the list.

Is it reliable? You bet. We’re talking premium German engineering at its best.

Everything has been well thought of with this car. Everything screams perfection from all angles. It even has a drowsiness monitoring for when you get too comfortable. It also has an automatic parking assist to keep the lines pristine and away from small dings and dents.

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is a no frills luxury sports car. This car was built for the wealthy to race in.

Nissan GT-R

Basic creature comforts are included in the package and a five year/60,000 mile power train warranty is thrown in for good measure.

Other than that, you have a sleek body that sits on a racing chassis and nothing else.

Time to blow the competition out of the water.

Porsche Boxster

You can never go wrong with a Porsche.

Porsche

The Porsche is small enough for driving within the city but large enough to accommodate four passengers. It is sporty enough for the race track but civilized enough the suburbs.

This car has a peppy engine that quickly opens up when there are no obstacles in front. The steering is stiff enough for confident driving but loose enough for tight turns.

To date there have been no recalls for this car as a testament to how reliable it is.

This list proves that there are luxury sports cars reliable enough for daily use and racing on the weekend. The cabins on these cars are luxurious for those seeking comfortable rides. The engines, a gear head’s dream. If you have the money for any of these cars, get one. It’s the best way to get from point A to B quickly and in luxurious style.

Top 10 Practical And Reliable Performance Vehicles That Can Easily Beat Sports Cars

So you still have that hunger for speed, but you have other obligations that just makes it impractical to own a speed demon of a machine. What do you do?

Get a sports car that doubles as a practical daily driver.

Wait, what? A practical sports car? Is there such a thing?

Speed is a very powerful temptation. The sexy nature of sports cars is an irresistible lure car manufacturers use to bring in more customers. But not everyone has the money or lifestyle to afford one. So, sports cars are ignored for more practical SUVs or sedans.

But what if, you could have something as practical as a conventional car with the power or appearance of a sports car? Voila! That idea brought in a surge of car sales and today’s automotive industry has made it a top priority to ensure cars look sporty enough to be sexy.

Yes, even clunky old SUVs and pickups have been given the sports car makeover.

Here’s a list of 10 sports cars reliable enough for someone as responsible and sensible, as you.

Audi RS 7 Performance

Everyone agrees that the Audi RS 7 Performance truly deserves its name.

This four door coupe can seat four adults comfortably and still speed up on the race track. There’s a generous boot out back for holding cargo in. The lifted rear end can hold a lot of weight without sagging.

There’s an eight speed self-shifting gearbox paired with the 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. That’s 605 hp up front. Like all the others in this list, 0-60 is within the 3.6 second timeframe.

Price starts at $130,000.

BMW X6 M

Still want speed without suffering the consequences of having a low ground clearance? The BMW X6 M is the perfect vehicle for those who want to take a short off-road stint every now and then.

BMW X6 M

When you see one, you’d think you just saw a sedan floating over the road. Or you suddenly lost your ground clearance. The BMW X6 M looks like a sedan on steroids.

It has a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 567 hp (horsepower) and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power for an elevated sedan, right?

Inside, you’ll find an eight-speed M sport automatic transmission.

Got 4 seconds? That’s about enough time to reach 60 from a zero starting point.

Dodge Charger Hellcat

We could stop our list right here with the Dodge Charger Hellcat and have our points proven but that would be a great disservice to all of you out there.

Dodge Hellcat

This is the fastest factory four-door sedan ever built. And we’re pretty much convinced that they are. This has the spacious back seat and 16.5 cubic feet of luggage space to make it deserving of a place in this list. The $68,000 price tag is another attractive facet of this sexy, sporty, super-practical sports car.

This beast has a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi under the hood spouting out 707 hp. Can you say “Wow, that’s a mighty powerful engine under that hood! How fast will it go?” That’s about the same amount of time it takes for this car to hit 60 mph when you finish that sentence.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

The only station wagon any teenager would be proud of having and driving.

Station wagons have long been despised by youngsters for being too uncool.

But slap a Mercedes Benz emblem on any car, and you raise the coolness factor by a million.

Of course, a cool emblem, a long history of success, and a name isn’t enough. You have to back it up with actual performance. And boy does the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon deliver the goods.

Zero to 60 is achievable within 3.4 seconds. There’s a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine under the hood that delivers 603 hp and 627 lb-ft torque for the stats hungry. Maximum acceleration is paired with a special nine speed automatic transmission.

This is a sports car under the guise of a soccer mom family car. There is 64 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat, enough for a couple months’ supply of groceries with room enough for toys and what-not. And with a base price of only $110,000.00, this is the station wagon everyone should have.

This is the wagon that does the shaming once the light turns green.

Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

The Panamera is not your typical Porsche. It’s a big car with a long wheelbase and a generous back seat.

Think oversized sports car and you have a basic idea of what’s in store for you should you decide to get this car.

This vehicle has over 49 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. Trunk? Trunk on a Porsche? Yep, you read that right. This one has a trunk spacious enough for everything from basic groceries to golf bags.

The Porsche Panamera is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque. It has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and 0-60 is achievable in 3.4 seconds.

Top speed is 188 miles. Price tag $155,000

Now who says going grocery shopping should be boring?

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Ok, ok—this list is getting weirder. But, take note: we did say practical.

And to be fair, we never thought we’d live to see the day when a Jeep would be included in a sports car list, much less beat one. But it seems the impossible is more than possible these days.

Technically, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t a sports car.

We all have images of what a Jeep looks like. No matter what model it is, the first thing that enters anyone’s mind is that of a Wrangler. The Cherokee has been an oft-ignored model for this iconic company.

The Cherokee is the Wrangler tamed and civilized, with a suit appropriate for the city streets. Underneath all that jazz is a 707 hp supercharged 6.8 Liter V8 engine. The eight speed automatic gearbox is there as an overkill.

What makes it stand out from the rest is that the Cherokee is just as competent off-road as it is on the race track. The Cherokee can go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

Large, fast, dressed up, and willing to go anywhere, what else does this vehicle have up its sleeve? Oh wait, price! At only $87,000 the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a bargain if you consider that this’ll be the only sports car surviving the apocalypse.

Ford F-150 Raptor

And now a pickup?

At some point, adding a pickup to this list seemed the most logical approach. The Ford F-150 Raptor is the world’s most popular pickup today. It’s also one of the fastest and most powerful production pickups in existence.

By itself, the Ford F-150 Raptor is an impressive machine. It is big, beautifully styled, and extremely capable. There’s a high output 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood. This powerhouse delivers 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.

The high ground clearance means it can go anywhere you want it to go. The 10-speed automatic transmission means no terrain is impossible to handle. Steep hills, long and winding passes, open highways, and rough roads are nothing to this beast.

Subaru WRX STI

A more appropriate car for the young at heart and ready to race anytime kind of person is the Subaru WRX STI. This small sedan comes with a very affordable price tag of only $38,000.

Subaru WRX STI

In comparison, the Subaru WRX STI may seem small and underpowered on paper. In reality, the 2.5 liter turbocharged boxer engine with 310 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque is more than enough to get you from point A to point B in a jiffy.

Here’s the kicker, the Subaru WRX STI has a six speed manual transmission and Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system for total control whatever driving conditions are presented in front of you.

Tesla Model X

We’ve got Jeeps. We’ve got pickups. Now, what about electric cars?

Yep. We have that too.

Tesla Model X

And before you start to protest, Tesla’s products are lightning fast.

0-60 in three seconds fast to be exact.

And we’ve all seen how sporty the Tesla Model X is right? Gull-wing doors practically scream “sports car” and yet, inside, it can comfortably seat an entire family of four.

This just might be the sports car of the future.

Volkswagen Golf R

Being a VW beetle fanatic, there was no way this list wouldn’t have a representative of the iconic brand in it.

And although Golfs have been ignored for decades by die hard aficionados, in today’s day and age, it’s the model that sells hotter than pancakes for VW. Enter the Volkswagen Golf R.

This is not your grandfather’s VW Golf of yesteryear. This is a Golf updated to meet the demands of today’s youth for speed, reliability, and practicality all rolled into one nice package. And you know what? It seems like the famous car manufacturer has hit this one squarely on the head.

It’s still retained the compact car theme that Golfs are famous for but this one has a secret within its unimposing appearance to put other sportier cars to shame. First off, there’s 53 cubic feet of cargo space within the cabin that can easily seat four full-grown adults comfortably.

Five, if you want to turn your Golf into a clown car. More, if you want a funnier story to tell your mates in the local pub.

You have a choice of six speed manual transmission or seven ratio automatic for this small car. Price starts at $41,000.

The Golf, as leisurely as it may sound, is built for speed. Although only powered by a 2 hp (horsepower), 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, the lack of body weight more than makes up for giving it lightning quick reflexes.

What’s It Like Driving A Sports Car?

Driving a sports car is fun. On the race track. Driving it as your daily driver, on regular roads, can pose a big problem. It might also be illegal in some counties with speed limits and noise pollution ceilings installed.

Its Illegal To Drive A Dirty Sports Car

Driving a sports car is a big responsibility.

Since sports cars are rarely seen on the road, you’re essentially representing the brand.

You will also have to live up to the expectations of others around you. You can’t drive around in a less than shiny sports car.

Shiny Sports Car

Some car manufacturers can legally compel you to keep your car in tip-top shape.

Get Ready For A Bumpy Ride

Stiff shocks and a rigid suspension equals a bumpy ride. If only city roads had perfectly flat surfaces. Small bumps are magnified on a sports cars lowered platform. And you won’t just feel these sensations on your tires. Each excessive vibration will go through your body like an electric shock.

If you’re not too keen on experiencing a jarring ride, don’t get a sports car. Get an SUV.

Comfort Takes A Back Seat In A Sports Car

Unless you’re on the track where it’s perfectly smooth or in one of the more luxurious sports cars in the market today, expect comfort to take a back seat to speed and performance. And although most modern sports cars have A/C systems, it can still get pretty warm inside the cabin.

Not a problem? Try saying that next time you’re stuck in traffic under the hot midday sun.

Cargo Space Compromised

These cars aren’t meant for lugging groceries around. Trunk spaces are limited at best to hold only a few items. But here’s some good news: you see that rear passenger section? It might be too small for actual passengers, but it’s perfectly suitable for a couple grocery bags and other stuff.

Belly Scraper

Sports cars have very low ground clearance. Even slight inclines can pose a problem. Never mind speed bumps. Some masterful navigation is essential to reduce the risk of scraping the belly on these obstacles. Otherwise, just take our advice and put your sports car on a trailer when taking it to the track.

Sports Cars Have Low Suspension
Sports Cars Have Low Suspension

Or better yet, get a vehicle that has a higher ground clearance.

Getting In And Out Is A Chore

Along with having a low ground clearance comes the fact that you’ll have to make some adjustments in how you enter and exit your sports car. The secret: do some core exercises because you’ll need it. Otherwise, you’ll be grunting and groaning during ingress and egress.

Dents And Dings Are A Real Thing

Like every other car, sports cars can accumulate dents and dings. It even feels like they’re magnets for little metallic dimples. There’s no going around this. Little rocks kicked up by your tires will bounce off your body panels.

And sometimes, accidents happen.

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Door Scrapes Are Bound To Happen

Parking on the curb and inadvertently misjudging the height needed to clear the door is an accident waiting to happen. And don’t think no one’s going to notice. Sports cars have large doors. Any imperfection is easily magnified.

The Expenses Are Going To Keep Piling Up

Think that you’re done with payments after you’ve bought your sports car? Think again. Preventive maintenance alone is enough to fund the payments for a new conventional car each year.

Your budget for fuel is probably going to comprise the majority of your weekly expenses. Rev it up and you’ll hear the sound of dollars screaming out of your exhaust.

Say Goodbye To DIY

What makes sports cars reliable today are the vast improvements made in the electronics and mechanical parts. Sports cars today are a complicated mess of assortments that only certified mechanics are allowed to repair. Even basic repairs are impossible to do properly for the uninitiated.

No matter how handy you are, you might as well say goodbye to DIY with modern sports cars.

The Parts Hunt Is On

You better pray nothing gets broken on your sports car when you take it on your daily drive. If that happens, you’ll have to replace those broken parts. And those parts are hard to come by.

Not to mention expensive.

Paranoia Will Set In When You’re Out On The Road

One of the greatest fears of a sports car owner is getting into an accident. You might be the most law abiding and careful driver out there but if a moron hits you, well, let’s just say you’re looking at repairs that could cost you and him a lot of money.

Sports Cars Get Noisier As They Get Older

Sure, most sports cars today are designed to be quiet but over time, that dull roar is going to be the source of complaints from your neighbors. No matter how much preventive maintenance is done on your sports car, it will get progressively noisier as it gets older.

Tears In Traffic

Open roads make sports cars reliable for getting to your destination in style. But once you’re stuck in traffic, prepare to break down not just in tears but mechanically. Those parts that make your sports car fast are wearing and tearing down faster as you sit there and wait for the road to clear.

And you might as well shut the engine off if you’re going to be stuck for a long time to save fuel.

What’s It Really Like Driving A Sports Car?

My daily driver is a pickup truck. For shorter drives, I go on a bike. It’s more practical, fuel-efficient and reliable.

My first car was a Volkswagen Beetle. The first “real” sports car I drove was a Mitsubishi Celeste. I also drove a couple of ricers like Honda Civics, Mitsubishi Evos and once, an exhilarating time behind the wheel of a Miata. 

And then I moved on to more conventional cars from Toyota and the like. Life just transitioned to more practical, reliable cars for work and other activities. It didn’t take long before soccer mom vans became the norm. Not just for me, but also for my friends.

One thing I can say though is that, when you punch the speed up on the highway, all of these vehicles can go fast. Sports car fast.

The only difference is how these vehicles handle on the road.

The ground clearance and stock suspension just won’t be enough to give you the confidence to attack corners like a madman. Body roll is inevitable with conventional cars.

Driving A Lamborghini Aventador

Recently, during a trip to Singapore, we rented a Lamborghini Aventador. The quiet roar of the engine was enough to give me an adrenaline rush. A soft pump on the accelerator instantly gave results. Save for the driving instructor beside me, I felt totally isolated from the world.

Creeping up slowly to the starting line was a bit intense. The car kept lurching forward due to my inexperience. The good thing was, Aventadors are reliable enough to start up even if it keeps dying from this newbie’s amateur attempts. We finally got it squared onto the white. The lights flashed red, yellow and then green.

I let go of the clutch and the car accelerated at a rapid speed. Like a bullet. Corners came fast. A slight movement of the steering wheel pointed the nose in the right direction immediately. The driving instructor calmly gave out instructions on when to turn, what to do and when to push the pedal to the metal.

Three laps were over in a matter of minutes. I emerged sweaty, ready to get out of the full race track suit. I was deaf and the excitement had left me wild-eyed. But never once did I feel out of control while driving at high speeds thanks to the four point seatbelt and confidence inspiring seats.

Driving A Porsche 911

Perhaps the best sports car for someone used to conventional cars is the Porsche 911. It’s fast enough, looks good and still has the creature comforts one would expect in a modern car.

The beefy suspension is rigid enough for extreme cornering while still soft enough to provide a comfortable ride. The automatic suspension makes shifting less of a hassle, so you can focus your entire attention on what’s in front of you and what’s coming at high speeds.

Thankfully, this car can stop and turn on a dime thanks to the oversized brakes and wide tires. The engine is, for the most part, quiet. That is, until the twin turbo kicks in.

And forget about letting people ride in the back seat. Unless your friends are midgets, those seats are practically useless.

But, out of all the sports cars offered to the public, the Porsche 911 is the most practical and reliable.

Driving A Mercedes SLK

Perhaps the most exquisite sports car to drive in. You instantly feel wealthy behind the wheel.

Everything is just tastefully done on a Mercedes.

Fast? Think zero to sixty in four seconds. Everything turns to a blur. You can drive at a slower pace to let people admire the car as you pass and it won’t complain.

Just don’t drive with the top down because the wind noise can get unbearable.

The Verdict

Sports car cabins are notoriously hot inside. The dull roar of the engine is amplified in such a small space. The generous windshield gives you a good view of everything in front of you. The tiny slits for side windows barely give you a peripheral view. It is designed to make you focus on what’s ahead.

The suspension on sports cars is rigid. You feel every road imperfection as you glide over it. Even the slightly raised white paint can give you a bumpy ride. Corners? No problem. You feel the forces of inertia acting on the car as you attack it full speed. The G forces experienced are incredible at full throttle.

On the race track, driving a sports car is going to be a dream. But on regular roads, all of the things that make a sports car a great car can have a negative effect on the experience. I’d drive one again, but only on a perfectly good highway or on the race track.

Time to save up.

In Conclusion:

Sports cars today are more reliable than their past versions.

The engines on these modern sports cars are more robust and fuel efficient. They’re also designed with a reduced weight and smaller form factor.

The electronics system has also been updated to house modern amenities like entertainment systems and interior lights. The ignition systems have also been updated to make starting easier.

Safety features are already considered a norm making sports cars reliable for any situation on the road or on the race track.

It won’t always be a smooth ride. You’ll feel every bump and imperfection on the road. It’ll be hot on certain days and the modern amenities a bit on the Spartan side. But, you’ll be in a sports car and that’s all that matters.

But, the biggest draw that makes sports cars reliable is that you can always expect them to perform at their best when you need it to.

 

Related Questions:

My Sports Car Won’t Start. What’s Wrong?

Check the battery. This is the first thing you should check if your car doesn’t start. If it’s good, check if there’s fuel in the tank. Chances are, you’re in a dried up car. If that still isn’t the answer, get a certified mechanic to check your electrical system. Wait, is the key in the ignition?

Which Car Manufacturer Produces The Most Reliable Sports Cars?

Porsche has proven time and again that they can produce sports cars reliable for both road and track. The Porsche 911 has the engine, suspension and interior to justify the price tag attached to it. Don’t worry, it’s also very affordable when compared to other sports cars in the market today.

Can A Conventional Car Really Beat A Sports Car?

Racing isn’t all about having a fast car. It helps but only to a certain point. You have to consider driver skill and confidence, road conditions and obstacles presented. Car design and features also factor in the final decision. On the straightaway, sports cars win. In the city, no.

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